Dollywood Threatened by Tennessee Wildfire
A representative for the Dollywood resort—that Pigeon Forge, Tennessee theme park owned by Dolly Parton—has confirmed that guest cabins have been evacuated following a series of raging wildfires in the state, and parts of Pigeon Forge have actually come under a mandatory evacuation order.
A spokesperson for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Dean Flener, told ABC News the wildfires reached “right on the doorstep” of Dollywood, but firefighting crews managed to stop the blaze from progressing into the park. So far, though, the wildfire has burned more than 100 homes in the area, leaving one injury in its wake.
A representative for Parton has said that everything is OK inside the park (as of Monday night). “We have fire crews on the park working with our team to protect structures,” says Pete Owens, Dollywood’s Director of Media. “There is fire on the ridge near the park.”
Those guests in the property’s on-site cabins have reportedly been relocated. The theme park has suspended its operations at least through Wednesday.
According to ABC Chicago, hours before the fires spread, Parton appeared in a 30-second video (released byGreat Smoky Mountains National Park) alongside Smokey the Bear, in which she urges people to prevent forest fires.